Archive for January, 2005

Ratios and percentages

Saturday, January 15th, 2005

Daughter Jane is taking the SAT test next week as part of a program to foster academically talented junior high students. We're fairly confident of her language skills (today she asked me what 'subcutaneous meant), but she's fairly math adverse, so Bess asked me to tutor her a little. It's ...

More Michigania

Saturday, January 8th, 2005

I came across a You know you're from Michigan when... list, and it had the following item:When giving directions, you refer to "A Michigan Left."Hmm, I've never heard of this, but searching the web I found this: The Michigan Left-Hand Turn, complete with diagrams. Fortunately, we don't have any of ...

Michigander dialect

Thursday, January 6th, 2005

From: Do You Speak American / Sea to Shining Sea / American Varieties / Midwest: Indeed, it is not uncommon to find Michiganders who will claim that the speech of national broadcasters is modeled on their dialect. Even a cursory comparison of the speech of the network news anchors with ...

Happy New Year

Saturday, January 1st, 2005

We spent New Year's Eve the way we usually do--with a group of friends we've been celebrating with every year for more than two decades--the Aldermans, the Neevils, and the Robbins (participating via instant messaging from Honduras), plus Bess's sister Jean and her two boys. Mark was off to a ...